What is Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty?


Has the shape or size of your nose been a lifelong insecurity? Do you find yourself scrutinizing your profile in every mirror or camera, wishing you could refine the aspect that draws your focus? You’re not alone. Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide. Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping or reconstructing the nose. This versatile procedure can be performed for both cosmetic and medical reasons, including correcting breathing issues, repairing deformities from injury, or enhancing the nose’s aesthetic appearance.

Cosmetically, rhinoplasty can refine the size and shape of the nose to create better facial harmony and boost self-confidence. Medically, it can correct structural problems that cause breathing difficulties, such as a deviated septum or nasal obstructions. The surgery can also address congenital disabilities or trauma-related deformities, restoring both function and appearance.

At Banobagi Korea Plastic Surgery, we specialize in a range of rhinoplasty procedures tailored to meet the diverse needs and goals of our patients. Our expertise includes:

1. Augmentation Rhinoplasty

This procedure is designed to enhance the size and shape of the nose, often using implants or grafts to achieve a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance. It’s ideal for individuals seeking to add height or projection to their nasal bridge. You can read more about this procedure here.

What to Expect During and After Augmentation Rhinoplasty

Augmentation rhinoplasty is typically a procedure that takes about two hours to complete. During the operation, sedation anesthesia is used to ensure the patient’s comfort. After the surgery, patients are usually discharged on the same day, allowing them to recover in the comfort of their own home. Stitch removal is scheduled for about ten days post-operation, requiring two follow-up visits to the clinic. Most patients can resume their daily activities within 7-10 days, although full recovery and the final results may take several months to become fully apparent.

2. Reduction Rhinoplasty

Reduction rhinoplasty is designed to decrease the size of the nose, addressing various concerns to create a more proportionate and refined nasal contour. In Banobagi Korea Plastic Surgery, this procedure can be divided into three main categories: hump removal, wide nose correction, and deviation correction.

Hump Removal

Hump removal focuses on eliminating the dorsal hump, a prominent bump on the nasal bridge. This procedure involves reshaping the bone and cartilage to create a smoother, more streamlined profile. By carefully sculpting the nasal bridge, surgeons can achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and balanced appearance, enhancing the overall harmony of the facial features.

Wide Nose

Correcting a wide nose focuses on making the nose narrower for a more refined appearance. This procedure involves reducing the width of the nasal bones and reshaping the cartilage to create a slimmer, more balanced nose. Addressing the broadness of the nasal bridge and tip can significantly enhance facial symmetry and overall attractiveness through this surgery.


Deviation correction addresses a crooked or asymmetrical nose, often caused by trauma or congenital issues. This procedure involves straightening the nasal structure, aligning the septum, and ensuring both functional and aesthetic improvements. Correcting nasal deviation can improve breathing and restore facial balance, resulting in a more harmonious and symmetrical appearance.

3. Alarplasty

Alarplasty is a surgical procedure specifically focused on the nostrils, aiming to reduce their width or flare. By carefully reshaping the alar region (the outer edges of the nostrils), this surgery creates a more delicate and balanced appearance. Alarplasty is particularly popular among individuals who feel that their nostrils are too wide or asymmetrical, as it can refine the nasal shape and enhance overall facial harmony. You can read more our procedure here.

This procedure involves making precise incisions either inside the nostrils or at the base, allowing the surgeon to remove a small amount of tissue. By doing so, the nostrils are narrowed, resulting in a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing nasal contour. Patients often seek alarplasty to achieve a more refined nose that complements their facial features without altering the overall shape of the nose.

4. Functional Rhinoplasty

Beyond aesthetics, functional rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses structural issues in the nose that impede breathing. This type of rhinoplasty focuses on improving the functionality of the nose while also enhancing its appearance, offering both health benefits and cosmetic improvements.

One common issue that functional rhinoplasty addresses is a deviated septum. The septum is the wall of cartilage that divides the nasal passages, and when it is crooked or off-center, it can cause significant breathing difficulties. By surgically correcting the deviation, the nasal passages are realigned, allowing for better airflow and improved breathing.

Functional rhinoplasty also tackles other nasal obstructions that can impair breathing, such as rhinitis, a condition characterized by persistent inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes leading to symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and itching. Structural issues within the nose, such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal polyps, can exacerbate rhinitis, making long-term relief difficult with medications alone. Functional rhinoplasty corrects these anatomical abnormalities, improving airflow and reducing nasal obstruction, which can alleviate rhinitis symptoms.

Our functional rhinoplasty procedures can also correct issue such as Sinusitis and Nasal Valve Stenosis. You can read more it in our functional rhinoplasty procedure page.

5. Nose Revision

Nose revision, also known as revision rhinoplasty, is a highly individualized procedure, tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs and goals. Our surgeon meticulously evaluates the existing nasal structure, scar tissue, and any functional problems to develop a comprehensive surgical plan.

This plan may involve reshaping the bone and cartilage, using grafts to provide additional support, or adjusting the nasal tip and bridge to achieve better symmetry and proportion. We aim to correct any issues from previous surgeries and ensure a more harmonious and satisfactory result.


At Banobagi Korea Plastic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive range of rhinoplasty procedures designed to address various aesthetic and functional concerns. Whether you are looking to enhance the size and shape of your nose through augmentation rhinoplasty, reduce its prominence with reduction rhinoplasty, or refine the nostrils with alarplasty, our skilled surgeons are here to help you achieve your desired results.

Not convinced? We’ll let our results and reviews speak for themselves. Browse our real-life client reviews page or check out our before and after page to discover more about the transformative outcomes we provide.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?
Recovery time varies from person to person, but generally, patients can expect to resume their daily activities within 7-10 days after surgery. Full recovery and the final results may take several months as the swelling gradually subsides and the nose settles into its new shape.

 2. Will I have visible scars after rhinoplasty?
Most rhinoplasty incisions are made inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty), which means there are no visible scars. If an open rhinoplasty approach is used, a small incision is made across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils), but this typically heals well and becomes minimally visible over time.

3. Is rhinoplasty painful?
Rhinoplasty is performed under anesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the procedure. Post-surgery discomfort can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Most patients report feeling mild discomfort rather than significant pain.

4. Can rhinoplasty improve breathing issues?
Yes, functional rhinoplasty can address structural issues such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or nasal valve collapse, which can improve airflow and alleviate breathing problems. This type of rhinoplasty not only enhances the nose’s appearance but also its function.

5. What is the difference between augmentation and reduction rhinoplasty?
Augmentation rhinoplasty aims to enhance the size and shape of the nose, often using implants or grafts to add height or projection. Reduction rhinoplasty, on the other hand, focuses on decreasing the size of the nose by removing excess bone or cartilage to create a more proportionate and refined nasal contour.

6. How do I know if I need a revision rhinoplasty?
If you are dissatisfied with the results of a previous nasal surgery due to aesthetic concerns, functional issues, or both, you may be a candidate for revision rhinoplasty. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine if revision surgery is appropriate and develop a comprehensive plan to address your specific needs.


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